Ward School of Music is dedicated to preparing students to become passionate performers and life-long learners. We believe the discipline and exploration of music is for everyone. Whether you’re looking to practice a new hobby or aim to achieve the highest standard of excellence for an instrument, we can help you or your child on the journey. Our faculty is comprised of outstanding performers and teachers known for their expertise in the arts. All teachers have been selected by demonstrated musical excellence and their faith in Christ.
Piano, woodwinds, strings & voice
Mondays: 3-8 p.m.
Wednesdays: 3-8 p.m.
Fall: September – January
Winter: January – May
~Students may participate in a recital each semester~
COST per semester
30-minute lessons: $416
45-minute lessons: $624
60-minute lessons: $832
~Scholarships are available~
It is preferred that payment be made at the time of registration. Monthly payments may be arranged upon request.
The office is open September through May. To inquire about lesson availability and to register, please email Shelly Jones, Administrator of the School of Music or call her at 248.374.5913.
Ms. Toth has been playing violin and viola for over 40 years, including time with the Dearborn Symphony, Rochester Symphony and the Macomb Symphony Orchestras. With over 25 years of teaching experience, Dorothy is devoted to uplifting young people and introducing them to the joy of music. She enjoys being a steward for the Lord’s work and preparing students for Michigan Solo Ensemble as well as National Federation of Music Clubs.
Ms. VanNoord understands music as communicating without words. She enjoys helping individuals of all ages understand and love music through learning to play the piano. With many years of experience, Ellen has discovered ways to motivate her students to learn and then enjoy their ability. Music is a gift that can be used their entire lives.
Ms. Aronson has played the flute since she was ten years old. After majoring in Flute/Music education, Sherry has been part of Ward’s Music Department since 1980. She is a member of the Michigan Flute Orchestra playing the bass flute and looks forward to another year of teaching.
Sandra Periord, soprano, holds a masters degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She has performed on numerous local stages and competed in both national and international competitions. Her love of singing spans many genres, from opera to worship to musical theater.
Laura has been teaching piano for over 26 years. She has a love for music that she strives to pass on to her students. Many of her students have gone on to major in music and pursued various musical careers. Laura gears each lesson to fit the uniqueness of each student and is excited to help every student on their musical journey.
Mrs. Byrum believes “Music is eternal. Eternal is a forever word and most students who stick with learning the skill of a musical instrument are forever grateful”. Julie has been playing the piano for 52 years, teaching for 18 years. She cites her gratitude to her parents for providing her the opportunity to explore her musical talents.
Debra Cox, NCTM
Ms. Debbie loves children, baseball games, riding her Trek bike, and delving into a good book. Her passion for piano began at age two, and she went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree in piano and music therapy from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in business administration from Wayne State University. Ms. Debbie began teaching piano in college, where she posted a sign in the music practice building at MSU that said: “Piano lessons are available from a very nice piano major who understands it can be frustrating to learn to play the piano.” After a wealth of response, she has the same zeal for teaching today. She is a nationally certified teacher of music in piano (NCTM) with the Music Teachers National Association and enjoys training her students to perform in judged piano solo events where they have consistently earned high scores due to their pianistic technique and expressiveness in piano performance.
Mrs. Cieslak has taught classical piano and organ for eleven years in the Ward Music School, as well as privately in the Northville and Livonia communities for students ranging in age from four to 85 years old. Her experience includes being a piano teacher, church organist, and accompanist for Northville High School choirs with her most recent education being under Dr. Carole Halmekangas. Many of her students have received Superior ratings at Federation and/or I ratings at Solo and Ensemble. Her piano curriculum includes foundations in Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary music, a solid foundation in music theory, and proper piano technique. Private lessons provide the opportunity for Joyce to personalize instruction to each student's needs and capabilities.